Ricardo Martin Brualla

Contact: r m brualla @ gmail.com

I work in Google VR / Daydream in Seattle, trying to build the future. Before, I obtained my PhD at Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington under the supervision of Steve Seitz and finished in June 2016. My research interests include 3D Reconstruction, Big Visual Data, Computational Photography and Virtual Reality. In my thesis I analyzed millions of publicly available Internet photos from websites like Flickr, Panoramio or Instagram to discover new insights and visualize temporal trends in the data at planet scale.

Here is my CV as of 2016.

I love traveling and seeing other parts of the world. My last adventure after finishing my PhD took me to backpacking the whole length of Iceland, and exploring Madagascar and Central Asia! On a previous stint, I visited the antipode of my house in Madrid, that lies close to Wimbledon, New Zealand.


I grew up in Madrid, Spain and obtained a BSc. in Mathematics and a BEng. in Computer Engineering at Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona in 2010 with the support of Centro de Formación Interdisciplinaria Superior (CFIS) for the double degree studies. During my undergraduate education I had several research appointments at Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI) under Juan Andrade Cetto. In 2010 I received the "La Caixa" fellowship to pursue a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Washington.

In the past I've done internships at Google's Virtual Reality team prototyping VR cameras, Google's 3D Geo team analyzing the world's photos to create visualizations and time-lapses of places, at Google's Image Search team building image classification systems using visual-semantic embeddings and deep learning, at Microsoft Research Communication and Collaboration Systems group building a real-time 3D reconstruction system using several Kinects and IR/RGB camera pairs and at Google's Search Quality trying to understand the intent behind search queries better.


3D Time-lapse Reconstruction from Internet Photos
Ricardo Martin-Brualla, David Gallup and Steven M. Seitz
International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV 2015) (oral presentation).
[paper, project page, video]
Press: PetaPixel
Time-lapse Mining from Internet Photos
Ricardo Martin-Brualla, David Gallup and Steven M. Seitz
Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH 2015.
[paper, project page, video]
Press: interviews at WIRED, BBC, Seattle Times and featured in Washington Post, Gizmodo, CNET, etc.
More than 1.5 million Youtube views!
The 3D jigsaw puzzle: mapping large indoor spaces.
Ricardo Martin-Brualla, Yanling He, Bryan C. Russell and Steven M. Seitz.
Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Computer Vision, (ECCV 2014).
[paper, project page, video]
3D Wikipedia: Using Online Text to Automatically Label and Navigate Reconstructed Geometry.
Bryan C. Russell, Ricardo Martin-Brualla, Daniel J. Butler, Steven M. Seitz, and Luke Zettlemoyer.
ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH Asia 2013), Vol. 32, No. 6.
[paper, project page, video]
Press: New Scientist, Gizmodo

Viewport: A Fully Distributed Immersive Teleconferencing System with Infrared Dot Pattern
Cha Zhang, Qin Cai, Phillip Chou, Zhengyou Zhang and Ricardo Martin-Brualla
IEEE Multimedia Magazine, pp. 17-27, Vol. 20, No. 1, Jan.-Mar. 2013.
Instance Sense Induction from Attribute Sets
Ricardo Martin-Brualla, Enrique Alfonseca, Marius Pasca, Keith Hall, Enrique Robledo-Arnuncio, Massimiliano Ciaramita
Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics: Posters (COLING-2010), pp. 819-827
The Role of Query Sessions in Extracting Instance Attributes from Web Search Queries
Marius Pasca, Enrique Alfonseca, Enrique Robledo-Arnuncio, Ricardo Martin-Brualla, Keith Hall.
Proceedings of the 32nd European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR-2010), pp. 62-74.